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Dope smoking on the rise among the over-50s

The number of Baby Boomers - who grew up in the Sixties - getting spaced out on cannabis has almost doubled in the last eight years.

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Boy eating a burger

Ban on junk food ads targeted at children

Ads for junk food and drink targeted at children are to be banned from the internet in a bid to combat the obesity epidemic.

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A child's first words are more likely to be something they can see.

Babies say what they see for first words

If dad’s want ‘dada’ to be the first word their baby utters then they need to do their share of early childcare, according to new research.

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A robin

Feeders and crows bad news for robins

Bird feeders that attract crows could spell bad news for the red breasted robin, a new study found.

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Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott is joined by Kelly Forsythe, Environmental Health Officer to promote the Oil Stamp Saving Scheme.

Get winter-ready with oil stamps scheme

Buying home heating oil can be a costly purchase, especially around Christmas when home budgets can already be tight.

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Celery

Spuds on top as celery named as UK’s most hated veg

Brits are turning up their noses at 'trending' veg people post in recipes on social media - with celery named as the most hated.
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Party poppers or party poopers?

Is it time to scrap the office Christmas party?

Health experts have said that the office Christmas party should be scrapped in favour of no-booze leisure treats for staff.

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St Josephs Nursery School pupils help nature charity RSPB NI celebrate their 50th birthday.

Nursery pupils help nature charity celebrate golden year

Nursery school pupils from Antrim have been busy learning about the birds and other wildlife on their doorstep during a special visit from RSPB Northern Ireland.

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Nuts

Scientists say nuts to heart disease

A daily handful of any type of nuts slashes the risk of heart disease and cancer, Britain's biggest killers.

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Jake is old enough to know better

Continuing his run of sell-out tours, Jake O’Kane is back with his new show, ‘Old Enough to Know Better’, and he will be taking to the stage of The Braid on Thursday January 5.

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Voting opens to name Northern Ireland’s new signature dish

Tourism NI has tasked four of Northern Ireland’s top chefs to create three brand new locally-inspired

dishes, one of which will be named as Northern Ireland’s New Signature Dish, via public vote.

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Pictured at the Launch of the Academy Fair which takes place on Saturday, December 10, between 11am and 4pm are Ballymena Academy Principal Stephen Black and Year 13 Pupils Rory Corr, Harry Gaston, Ellen King and Lauren Stevenson. (Submitted Picture).

Ballymena Academy Christmas Fair

Ballymena Academy will host its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 10, from 11am-4pm.

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Photograph by HF Photography.

New art gallery opens its doors near Broughshane

A new art gallery has opened just outside Broughshane.

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Coat exchange for Barnardos

To keep warm and stylish this winter fashion retailer Evans and Barnardo’s in Ballymena and Antrim have joined together to launch a coat exchange to raise money for the children’s charity.

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Representatives from each of the shortlisted parks receiving Awards from former international footballer and trustee of Fields in Trust Graeme Le Saux and TV sports presenter Jill Douglas.

Antrim Castle Gardens wins ‘best park in NI’ award

Antrim Castle Gardens has been named the best park in Northern Ireland and has also been shortlisted in the UK’s Best Park after a search to find the country’s favourite local green space.

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Dogs Trust Ballymena is highlighting the pitfalls of Christmas puppy gifting. (submitted pic)

Tis the season to give socks not dogs

Dogs Trust Ballymena is taking a stand against impulse puppy purchasing by changing its name to Socks Trust, encouraging people to #GiveSocksNotDogs this Christmas.

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Neil Mees from Antrim with Ruadhrai OKane and Ballymena man John Burrows from NIE Networks with Vicky Kyle, Ivy the dog and Ursula McCanny from Guide Dogs NI at the launch of the training initiative.

Guide Dogs NI and NIE take the lead in new streetworks initiative

Navigating busy urban streets can be difficult for people with sight loss, and when there are streetworks on your daily route, ‘difficult’ can quickly turn to ‘dangerous’.

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That sickly feeling - beware the winter 'vomiting bug'

Health warning as winter vomiting bug spreads across Northern Ireland

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is making people aware of the presence of the winter vomiting and diarrhoea virus, also known as norovirus, circulating in the community.

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TG4 series celebrates vibrant music in Portglenone

TG4 series celebrates vibrant music in Portglenone

TG4 series Hup, celebrated for its cutting-edge take on contemporary trad, heads north to showcase the talent of Country Antrim’s traditional musicians at the Gig’n the Bann, Portglenone.

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Adam (16) starts his cycle, pictured here with Habitat ReStore manager Isobel

Larne student’s spinathon raises funds for people who need a home

Habitat ReStore volunteer Adam Harkin has gone the extra mile for Habitat for Humanity this Christmas by taking part in a sponsored spinathon and raising almost £1500.

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